"..you can except pure magic between your ears.."
Anamnestic Synth Daze
Kansas City's Brandon Knocke has quietly been making a name for himself as a producer and composer the last few years. Beyond his solo work as Discoverer, he fronts the enigmatic Parts Of Speech as well as the newly-formed, incredibly promising duo, Svamps, with Kianna Alarid Cameron of Tilly & the Wall. Knocke is a glutton when it comes to his electronic concoctions, but on "Tunnels" we hear him at his most bare.
Hello, how are you?
What are you currently listening to?
To name a few...Douglas Wood, To Rococo Rot, Azymuth, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jon Hassell, Design, Andy Stott. Been trying to get through a backlog of WTF Podcasts.
Whats with the band name?
Came across the word and liked the way it sounded. Something about the double "er" is phonetically appealing (to me anyways). I had laid down some jams and was strongly encouraged at the time to use that name. Thus, Discoverer was born.
When did this project come about and whom were your biggest influences for said project?
The project began around the spring/summer of 2010. There aren't any particular artists I would pin as direct influences but more so a combination of many that I felt inspired by. I was definitely aiming for "synth driven" music while maintaining simple arrangements and an emphasis on the beat.
Care to tell us a little bit about your latest release for Digitalis ('Tunnels') as well as the story of how you were introduced to said label?
I was introduced to Digitalis by my great friend (and roommate at the time) Andrew Heuback. He was running a small cassette label called Overland Shark and had struck up a friendship with Brad Rose (label head of Digitalis). Brad approached the both of us in regards to me releasing a full length through Digitalis and that's how 'Tunnels' began. The album took about 8 months to complete because I tend to obsess on details a bit. I suppose some ideas and themes present are those of deconstruction and transformation but each listener will have their own interpretation. Again, I was more interested in the music itself than the ideas and themes behind it.
Got any other projects we should know about?
As Discoverer, I have a tape of library flirtations called 'Mind Deco' coming out around February on Zombi's label VCO Recordings - it's kind of a detour from the beat-oriented sound of 'Tunnels', though there's an EP of dancier material in the works as well. As far as other projects, there's Svamps with Kianna Cameron of the group Tilly and the Wall. We did did some live improvised jams the first time we met and those are being issued on cassette via Digitalis soon; we're currently working together on studio recordings. I also have a 'pop' project with Brad Rose (Charlatan, The North Sea, Altar Eagle) and Eden Hemming (Mass Ornament, Altar Eagle) called Brazilian Television that's slowly coming together.
What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
I honestly wouldn't know. I would, however like to take this opportunity to recommend the movie Little Man.
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Impossible to answer. Now in terms of one song, "Sexual Healing" most likely.
Are you living your dream?
I'm always in a dream.
Thanx Brandon and Andrew!
Discoverer is currently/always workin' on new jams, I recommend you try to keep up...